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Editor's Comments of the Day
Congressman Lamar Smith's office has made available the INS response to the Subcommittee on
Immigration and Claims subpoena duces tecum (long download) for estimates of illegal immigrants.
The cover letter from the INS cautions that the estimates are not ready for public release because
the methodologies are still being reviewed and the INS expects to incorporate soon to be available
information from the Census Bureau and release an updated report before the end of November.
One interesting table is a comparison of new and previous INS estimates of unauthorized immigrants.
It reveals that that the estimates based on newer methodologies and numbers show the number of
illegal aliens for the period 1988-92 to be much higher than previous estimates while the number
for the period 1992-96 to be lower. The INS offers possible statistical and non-statistical explanations
for the differences. In past years the INS admitted that it was unable to keep an accurate count the
number of H-1B petitions it had approved. Maybe they are more accurate counting the number of people
who have not dealt with the agency. Maybe not.
Cases of the Day
Circuit Court Remands to Determine Jurisdiction and Venue
In Okongwu v. Reno, No. 99-10157, (11th Cir. Oct. 12, 2000), the court of appeals determined that for
a narrow class of cases the district court has subject matter jurisdiction over a writ of habeas corpus
petition despite the failure of the petitioner to file a direct appeal of the Board of Immigration Appeals's
final deportation order and remanded this case to the district court to consider whether it had personal
jurisdiction and the proper venue
Congressional News of the Day
Senate Passes H.R. 4681, Adjustment of Status of Certain Syrian Nationals
Senate passed H.R. 4681, a bill that will grant permanent residency status to a small
group of Syrian Jews who fled the dictatorship of Hafez Assad almost a decade ago.
Senator Leahy Comments on Immigration Issues
In an address to the Senate, Sen. Leahy stated that the Senate must proceed on several important immigration
matters and "other immigration issues that should have been addressed in this Congress - from reforming
expedited removal to restoring due process rights for legal permanent residents - may regrettably
INS News of the Day
INS Illegal Alien Report
[You will need Acrobat to download this file]
Rep. Lamar Smith has released the draft report prepared by the INS in response to the subpoena duces tecum
(long download) from the Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims. The cover letter from the INS cautions
that the numbers are not ready for public release as the methodologies are still being reviewed.
Immigration News of the Day
Vigil Rejects Racism: 2,000 Rally for Immigrants, Protest Violence and Hatred
According to Newsday.com a crowd of 2,000 people, carting homemade signs protesting a wave of anti-immigrant
fervor in Farmingville, NY, held a candlelight vigil in response to escalating racial tensions in the wake of
a brutal attack on two Mexican day laborers.
Border Towns Increasingly Marked by Violence
CSNNews.com analyzes life in Del Rio, Texas and how decisions made in Washington often have deadly results for people on both sides of the Mexican border.
ILW.COM Highlights of the Day
Awaiting A Response From The INS?
Ask the Acting Director of DOJ/INS Office of Business Liaison,
Linda-Dodd Major in a live chat!
ILW.COM Chats and Discussions of the Day
New Chat Transcripts Added
If you missed a recent chat session or just want to review the answers, check new transcripts on
the chat transcripts page.
Letters to the Editor
Does anybody know that INS Nebraska phone number has been changed? The number previously given
i.e. 402 323 7830 seems to be disconnected as nobody answers the phone. Please let us know
the current number.